Russell County Public Library has a microfilm copy of the Russell County Birth Registers from 1853-1889. It is somewhat difficult to read (see below), so plan on setting aside an hour or two to search it.
Also: Some records are available from the years 1900 to 1927 at the Russell County Courthouse. Between 1896 and June 14, 1912, there was no law for the registration of births. Estimates are that it was 1920 before records were even 90% complete.
Obtain a copy of birth certificates held by the state by writing:
VDH, Office of Vital Records
P.O. Box 1000 Richmond, Virginia
You can also call 804-662-6200 or visit the Office of Vital Records’ website.